mortmain (mort-mayn). [French ¡°deadhand¡±] The condition of lands or tenements held in perpetuity by an ecclesiastical or other corporation. ? Land alienated in mortmain is not inalienable, but it will never escheat or pass by inheritance (and thus no inheritance taxes will ever be paid) because a corporation does not die. See AMORTIZE(3); DEADHAND CONTROL. [Cases: Corporations 435; Religious Societies 15. C.J.S. Corporations ¡ì 647; Religious Societies ¡ì¡ì 53¨C54.]
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